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This huge shop in the Doubletree Hotel plaza is filled with everything from huge water fountain displays to racks of jewelery, from trinkets and tourist souvenirs to new age music, from garden sculptures to gem stones, clocks, and lava lamps. Walk on the brick floors and listen to New Age music while you browse this store's extensive array of goods, a selection that caters to young and old, rich or poor. Something for everyone is here and the service is friendly.
The name is not the only thing that hearkens back to the days when everything worth buying could be found in one store. This place is actually housed in a squat old building that dates back nearly a century. Instead of barrels of candy and bolts of fabric, though, you will find racks of wind chimes, bins of seashells, Monterey logo apparel and a panoply of other gift and souvenir items. The animals of the Peninsula are immortalized in crystal, bronze and wood. Shoppers from all around the globe look for the perfect little doodad or trinket to bring back to the folks at home. See website for product list, photos, coupons and more.
The cuddly, photogenic creatures that were nearly wiped out by fur traders in the 1700s and 1800s are still few in number. Friends of the Sea Otter is dedicated to educating people about the otters and expanding efforts to save them. The organization's store at Cannery Row sells jewelry, stuffed toys, posters, calendars and lots more otter-themed merchandise and apparel. The store is equally popular with animal rights activists and shoppers who just want a cute toy or a Monterey souvenir.
Few things can match tasting wine at the Bargetto Tasting Room whilst enjoying splendid views of the Pacific Ocean. Established in 1933, the Bargetto is famed for its dessert wines under the Chaucer's brand name. The winery also stacks the famous red and white wines along with the sparsely available sparkling ones. With the vineyards situated just a stone's throw away in the Santa Cruz mountains, the wines produced are completely unadulterated. Wine apparel and gift baskets are available at this outlet as well.
Here is an intelligent solution to the dilemma of how to wine-taste while navigating curvy mountain road: just make one stop. Make it in downtown Monterey, where there is nary a deer in sight. Spend the whole day here where you can sample from dozens of vintages collected from nearly 40 local wineries. Taste the riches of Carmel Valley, Monterey and Arroyo Seco. Buy a few bottles or a few cases, as you like. When it is time to get some solid food in your overtaxed stomach, simply walk on over to one of the many restaurants on Cannery Row. See website for online shopping, wine club details, event calendar and more.
Famous for their giant glazed donuts, this popular Pacific Grove bakery has sinfully delicious sweet treats. With a line out the door, Pavel's Backerei glass cases are filled with baked items like cinnamon rolls the size of your palm, pizza bread, selection of bomboloni, croissants, and much more. Arrive early in the morning to beat the lines and get the best selection!